Managing tight spaces is nothing new for dentists, but fitting a practice into a tiny Manhattan office requires some creativity, and for one practice, a lot of technology.
With digital imaging and 3-D printing using a Cerec system, manufactured by dental product maker Sirona, plus a handheld GLO tooth-whitening gadget, the cosmetic and implant dentists at Core Dental have managed to squeeze their practice into a 590-square-foot space. And they're saving money, according to Dr. Michael Gulizio, an owner and dentist at Core Smiles.
Using traditional methods, creating a porcelain crown would require dentists to take impressions of a patient's tooth, send the impression to a lab and receive a crown a week or more later, said Dr. Steven Cordoves, a dentist at the practice.
"Today we use a computer and a camera, and within a few seconds we can image a tooth, and produce a restoration in under two hours," Gulizio said in a CNBC interview.